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Kurrara Historic Guest House
Ranked #3 of 20 Katoomba B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Relaxation Plus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2011

We were so relaxed - were reading beside the fire in the excellent sitting room and couldn't stay awake. Climbed the stairs to the themed bedroom and fell into a super deep sleep. Breakfast the next morning was spot on. You must stay here next time you're in Katoomba.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank paula d
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2011

Never have i felt more welcomed in the mountains, this place is full of character and olde world charm.

Elizabeth is a perfect hostess and gracefully attended to all of our needs.
It was supposed to be a no internet getaway, but we cheated once or twice as the house has great wi-fi.

Our room (number 1!!) was the Old Rose Spa Suite and it was beautiful. The bed enveloped us in comfort and the spa was a perfect way to unwind after our mountaineering adventures - and there is room for two!

Samson and I will`be back and hope to meet the host of this beautiful home.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank River_Now_Here
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2011

My partner and I recently pre-booked this guest house. Upon arriving we found the staff member to be friendly but not very professional. He asked some inappropriate questions which made us slightly uncomfortable. I was recommended the Old Rose Spa Suite which was the best room of the house, however unfortunately this opened directly onto the common lounge which we did not find very private at all, especially for the master suite. The room itself was very dusty which you could smell as soon you walked in, some of the items hadn't been cleaned, there were dead bugs on the window sill, stains on the carpet which hadn't been vacuumed and when we sat of the bed it felt like the mattress was in pieces. The photos were beautiful however do not accurately reflect its current run down state. After raising these concerns with management he wasn't very attentive to our requests and didn't seem interested in taking it seriously. Although the prices were very competitive we made the decision to stay elsewhere due to lack of privacy and lack of cleanliness. It is a shame as the property itself is beautiful, full of old charm and has lots of potential. The whole experience was very disheartening.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Scolly11
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BlueMountainsToni, Manager at Kurrara Historic Guest House, responded to this review, 10 January 2012
We're very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at Kurrara. Since November, the House has been under new management, and many changes have taken place, including replacing the cleaning staff and repairing the parts that needed to be repaired (the new management takes these issues VERY seriously, trust us). Similarly, the websites are currently undergoing an update in order to provide correct information, though this is a slow process.

We hope to improve Kurrara 300%, and hope that your experience doesn't deter you from giving us another try in the future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2011

I recently stayed with my partner, and we both thought it was lovely! It's cosy warm quiet and the service was great! the host is very friendly and helpful! Kuarra is an old house and I had seen the complaints about it being dusty dirty which this is not 100% correct ! The place is very tidy a little clutterd but that's the charm of a 18 century house all the wonderful bits and pieces all the pictures all very fascinating! Everywhere you look you see something new! With this place you get what you pay for they have very cheap prices and you can't expect it to be 5 star accomadation when your paying 80-200$ a night, people really should stop complaining if your going to be all prissy and complain about a spec of dust or it's not up to your standards then do some more research before you book call up the place ask questions don't rely on reviews and silly webpages nothings ever correct on the Internet these days, and maybe make your accommodation budget higher and stay somewhere that is 350$ a night which should be up to your fussy standards. But if your are easy going and love a little old cozy house with a friendly down to earth host then Kuarra guest house is for you! I will defiantly recommed this place and i will return in the future. Thank you for a good nights rest !

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MizzBella
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

we recently stayed in this so call B&B accommodation we paid all the premium prices for a 4 night relaxing break we stayed in the honey suckle room with spa and fire place
when we were greeted by the manager on check in he treated us like a mate not a guest
he spoken language was too relaxed with a lot of offensive words used it was very unprofessional as a manager not a good impression on guests
when we were shown too our room it was very cluttered nothing like shown in pictures
we was also told that the fireplace was not working and was not offered a discount or any of the other rooms available
we was given a oil heater which made the room stuffy and was told the building had central heating which was turned off when the manager decided
spa was filthy and still had other guests hair in it
the bed was uncomfortable lumpy the gardens were over grown and run down
the room we stayed in was next too the guestroom where tea and coffee can be made we heard every cup of coffee made from the coffee machine as it was against our bedroom wall
the guest carpark was occupied by the mangers personel car and the accomadtions staff vehicle which made it hard too park your car on the premises
we told the manager the place was run down and he agreed
the place is also on the market too be sold but in this run down state would be hard too sell without alot of attention given too its current state
it is not a recommended place too stay and would advise guests too look elsewhere for a clean and comfortable place
people that have stayed here and have given a positive feedback are not true positive statments
WE CANT RATE THIS HOVEL ECEPT STAY AWAY FROM IT

Room Tip: anywhere but this place its run down and dirty
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mark_g1967
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Hong Kong, China
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2011

I lived in the bluebell room which was so cozy, and the ensuite was big enough for me.

Although I spent a short time in the guesthouse, I could feel the decoration was exquisite.

The host / staff, Emanuele, was sooooooooooo helpful!! He helped me to carry my heavy luggage up and down the stair, helped me to set up the Wi-fi, and offered me a ride to the train station under the chilly and windy weather. Big Thanks again!! :)

This guesthouse was SUPERB to me!! And I must definitely stay here again!!

Highly recommended to everyone!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank katykyl
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2011

Please do not waste your money going here! The photos are very deceiving - booked the wild flowers deluxe spa room expecting it to be all white and beautiful decor... red linen and multi coloured duvet covers, not attractive to look at for what you expect. Also took hours to get to sleep because the walls were so thin, could hear EVERYTHING from next door and above us. Finally, when we arrived there were biscuit crumbs on the bedside table and very dusty.

The only good things - the spa bath and hot water.

So glad to have escaped just after one night!!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Joanna R
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Property: Kurrara Historic Guest House
Address: 17 Coomonderry Street, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Katoomba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Kurrara Historic Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kurrara Guest House was built in 1902 as one of the first guest houses in Katoomba. In 2012, it was handed over to new owners and has undergone a transformation. Our beautiful Mountains Guest House is centrally heated, and offers 3 spa en suites, with 4-poster beds and period furnishings. 5 Upstairs shower en suites are individually decorated and have been recently refurbished. Our guests enjoy relaxing in our communal lounges around Victorian gas log fires and a large screen TV/DVD & library. Enjoy tea & coffee on arrival, and complimentary Port. We offer a full continental breakfast of homemade muesli, cereals, freshly baked bread, fruit, yogurt, and fresh juice. Free wifi is available in all rooms. Kurrara has its own private carpark and off street parking. Situated on a quiet and peaceful corner, surrounded by rhododendrons and mature trees. We are within walking distance to Katoomba town centre and wonderful restaurants, Echo Point and The Three Sisters and the many bushwalks in the surrounding area.We welcome you to stay with us and become part of an 110 year tradition of visitors to Kurrara. You won't want to leave! ... more   less 
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